Myoko Kogen Snow Report 20th January 2014

Myoko Kogen Snow Report 20th January 2014

Bluebird with plenty of fresh pockets to be found

Myoko Kogen Snow Report

The snow continued right through most of yesterday morning bringing half a metre of fresh to most resorts over a 24 hour period. It slowed down later in the afternoon and then it’s been very cold overnight.

Today there will be plenty of powder to be found on the side and amongst the trees. The sun is shining, the sky is blue, go out there and rip it up folks! This is what you have to look forward to.

Myoko Kogen Snow Report 20th January 2014

Akakura Onsen this morning with a beautiful moon over Kumado lifts and Mount Myoko. Photo by Akakura Onsen.

Don’t forget to book your Myoko accommodation soon (if you haven’t already). Hotels are filling up!

Myoko Kogen Snow Report 20th January 2014

Myoko San shot from the Akakura Onsen this morning. Photo by Matt Hull.


Myoko Kogen Snow Report 20th January 2014

The view from Hotel Sunlight Myoko in Ikenotaira Onsen this morning. Photo by Hotel Sunlight.

Current conditions in Myoko now

24 Hr Snow Fall: 20cm

Current Snow Depth at Base: Around 2.5m base at Akakan and less at others

Current Snow Conditions: Soft groomers with powder for the adventurous.

Current temperature: -12° at 7:30am

Current Weather: Bluebird sunshine

Current Visibility: Clear all the way to the top

Important update:

The shuttle bus from Akakura to Arai Road station has been cancelled for this season. It may begin operations again next season. Thanks for your patronage.

Upcoming events:

This Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th there will be a national ice carving competition at Matsumoto Castle. There will be food stalls, entertainment and a giant ice slide. Matsumoto is about 2 hours by public transport from Myoko.

Matsumoto Castle ice carving competition

Matsumoto Castle ice carving competition

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Myoko Kogen Snow Report 20th January 2014

ikenotaira ski resort piste map

Ikenotaira Onsen Ski Resort, Myoko Kogen

Ikenotaira Onsen Ski Resort (池の平温泉スキー場) in Myoko Kogen is a medium sized ski resort with 8 ski lifts that offers skiers an impressive 700 metres (2296 feet) of vertical descent. The resort enjoys long, wooded trails and wide, gentle slopes in two distinct skiing areas.

Ikenotaira Onsen Ski ResortIkenotaira Onsen Ski Resort

Ikenotaira is the perfect place for families just starting out their ski adventures…
“My Myoko” by Kazuko Ikeda

Ikenotaira Onsen Ski Resort: About

The Ikenotaira Ski Area enjoys long, wooded trails and wide, gentle slopes over two distinct skiing areas. The main, central run is good quality with plenty of untouched fields of powder nearby. There is enough terrain to keep beginner to intermediate skiers & snowboarders interested for the day whilst the more advanced will go looking for lines in the trees. There is no really challenging terrain or steeps.


The far left of the mountain (Alpenblick side) tends to be much quieter with no ropes and plenty of scope for in the trees and/or under the lifts action. The ski area in Ikenotaira also has what the resort boasts as, ‘Japan’s premier snowboard park’ (see video) which was put together by a local pro snowboarder. Park rats will love the updates for 2017/18 season (see below). A large childrens play area, retreat and ski school is adjacent to main ticket office.

Ikenotaira Onsen Ski Resort, Ski Park

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Ikenotaira Onsen Ski Resort: Resort Stats

Skiable Area: 60 HA
Longest Run: 4500 metres
Childcare / Kids Park: Yes Hire car in Myoko
Half Pipes: No
Terrain Parks: Yes
Cross-country available: Yes
Elevation: 1,500 metres
Vertical Drop: 700 metres

Ikenotaira Onsen Ski Resort: Ski Runs

Lifts: 8
Trails: 10 (Beg: 40% Int: 45% Adv: 15%)

 ikenotaira onsen ski resort infoIkenotaira: Lift Tickets 2016/17:

Ticket Adult  Child  Senior  Times
1 Day 4,000yen 2,400yen 3,200yen 8:30-16:30
2 Days 7,000yen 4,200yen 5,600yen 8:30-16:30
Morning (8:30-13:00) 3,000yen 1,800yen 2,400yen 8:30-13:00
 Afternoon (12:00-16:30) 3,000yen 1,800yen 2,400yen 12:00-16:30
Single Use 600yen 400yen 500yen
Season Pass 30,000yen 12,000yen 24,000yen Weekdays only – 22,000yen

Ikenotaira Onsen Resort: Trail Map

ikenotaira ski resort piste map


Average snow depth in Ikenotaira Onsen

Average snow depth in Ikenotaira Onsen Ski Resort

Ikenotaira Onsen: Resort Contact

Phone: 0255 86-2370 | Website (Japanese)

Find the best deal, compare prices and read what other travelers have to say about hotels in Ikenotaira

Ikenotaira Onsen: Access

Nearest station: Myoko Kogen – Access Map (Japanese – courtesy of Snow Navi)
Ikenotaira Ski Area access map

Tokyo Ski Buses to Ikenotaira Onsen

During January and February the Myoko Snowliner from Harajuku (Tokyo) to Ikenotaira Landmark Cafe is 6,000 return

Between December and April Travex runs a ski bus service direct from Tokyo Station or Ikebukero to the following ski resort areas – SuginoharaIkenotaira and Akakura.

Ski Bus Club also runs both night and day bus services between Tokyo Station, Shinjuku and Ikebukero to Myoko Kogen, SuginoharaIkenotaira and Akakura Onsen.

The cost for both services is 4,000 yen one way or 7,500 yen return.

Niigata Ski Buses to Ikenotaira Onsen

The Myoko Snowliner from Niigata University/Niigata Station (south entrance) to Landmark Cafe Ikenotaira (and Myoko Suginohara) is only 2,900 yen for the round trip. Packages inc. lift ticket are also available.


Ikenotaira Onsen: Weather Forecast

Ikenotaira Onsen Webcam – Imori Pond

Ikenotaira Onsen Ski Resort WebCam

More Myoko webcams here!

Don’t forget to pick up a kebab for lunch or try one of the many other great meals at Ikenotaira Ski Resort! Visitor supplied pic.

ikenotaira onsen kebab van

Ikenotaira Onsen: Ski Video (with some rad jumps!)

Places to stay in Ikenotaira Onsen, Myoko Kogen

Hotel Alpenblick Hotel Alpenblick is a ski-in hotel adjacent to the Ikenotaira chairlifts. The Tatra Myoko Beer Hall provides evening meals plus there is a great outside onsen (rotemburo)! Ski school and ski hire onsite. Ten minutes by car from the station or collection can be arranged. Map to Hotel Alpenblick
Park Lodge Sekine is a traditional style Ikenotaira Onsen accommodation located in an historic brewery building Park Lodge Sekine is a traditional style Ikenotaira accommodation located in an historic brewery building. A shuttle to the nearby lifts is available. There are restaurants and Landmark Onsen Cafe within walking distance. See map or check reviews of Park Lodge Sekine
Ikenotaira Hotel Gen Syumisen-no-yu Ichinoyado Gen
Surrounded by beautiful white birch trees, the Gen Hotel is a classic and quiet Japanese country house style inn just a short walk from the Ikenotaira chairlifts. Featured on national TV. See map.
Ikenotaira Lodge Myoko Lodge Myoko in Ikenotaira Onsen is only a short walk from the Ikenotaira chairlifts. Each room has a great view of Mt. Myoko and can sleep up to 4 people. The lodge is set along the foothills of Mt. Myoko. See reviews of Lodge Myoko
Pension Schoene  Ryokan Kitamura-Sanso Snow Goose Pension
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